Nov 21 2010

The doll’s pose and positioning are perfectly
tied to her expression, making her seem lifelike.
This little girl has a cherished friend.

Some readers will wince when they read my Dad summed “it all up” one day after participating as a co-op adult at my child’s day care center. He said, “You can talk this gender stuff all you want to. The facts are, when it’s time for indoor recess, all of the little boys scramble to get to the trucks and all the little girls run to play with the dolls.”

As far as my Dad was concerned, end of story. And, I had to understand his point, because even now, I would choose relating to a doll over running to play with a truck. For me, the nurturing of a little human, although a model for one, would always trump a mode of transportation. Call me crazy…

The comfort of “someone smaller than you” to a child must be related to their reliance on someone being lower on the importance pecking order of bigness. To a child’s eye big equals power equals importance. A child is comforted by being bigger than another little person and being able to have that little person near at all times, also doing what the child says and what they want. Tea party today? No complaints are heard. Cut off all your hair and write on your face with a crayon? Not a word. Must be comforting, even at that age, to be in control of such an agreeable playmate.

Going for a walk.

With my love for fabric, the crowning reason for my doll attraction has always been that little doll people have little doll clothes to be styled and sewn. And it is much faster to sew itty bitty clothes than real size people clothes while the doll never gets fussy about color or fit. In addition, preparing a doll and wardrobe allows you to gift a child, should the unannounced need arise. What better present than a dolls and their clothes made to order by loving hands?

In January, 1960, life was good for these two little “girls.”

There are countless photos of children with their dolls filling up all of the years since photography began in 1839. But amazingly, there are many photos of adult women playing with dolls as well: some apparently feathering the nest for babies yet to be born, preparing for holiday gift giving or just plain enjoying the process for themselves.

From the inscription on this photo, these two
are looking forward to a baby’s arrival.

Dolls are a big part of Sunbonnet Smart as their clothes and accessories are great companions, both during their planning and construction and later when they bask in the love of all who admired them. Dolls are associated with the feminine gender and so, as with many accomplishments of women, need solid recognition for the part they play to enrich our lives.

Home from college and remembering good times?

Dolls have always fulfilled their obligations to please without regard to price or composition. The simplest rag doll stands shoulder to shoulder with the highest priced novelty dolls from fancy collections sitting in glass cases. All dolls, no matter their mark or maker can cradle the head of a child and offer comfort to an older person whose children have moved away. A doll, that little person in the beautiful form of a human being, is one of life’s little treasures.

Grammies can always do the hard things like getting socks on.

Today’s introduction to Sunbonnet Smart’s love for dolls and all of their trappings is the beginning of sharing the joy of dolls and doll making. We have lots of surprises in the works that will allow you to inexpensively download patterns to create dolls for that favorite child or child still within you.

Keep checking back, and those of you who have signed up on the e-mail list will get the news first! So, be there or be square!

If you have an interest in this remarkable volume of doll
lore, hover you mouse over the following link for a preview:

The Ultimate Doll Book

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Sep 10 2010

This just in from the Great State of Minnesota!

The City of Eden Prairie is looking forward to Sunbonnet Day, an autumn festival.

Sunbonnet Day this Saturday

September 10, 2010 – 11:22am


Mikaylie Sosnowski poses next to the Dorenkemper House during last year’s Sunbonnet Day. Tours of the house will be offered again during this year’s Sunbonnet Day, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the Riley-Jacques Farmstead, 9100 Riley Lake Road.

The event features music, pony rides and barnyard animals, spinning demonstrations, storytelling, games, a farmer’s market, horse drawn wagon rides and more.
– Photo by Karla Wennerstrom


What a nice day Saturday, September 11, 2010, will be in Eden Prairie, MN

And isn’t that name just lovely? Eden Prairie? I feel so calm…

The City of Eden Priairie, MN has been recognized as a great place to live and raise a family and is currently listed as one of MONEY Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” in America. Eden Prairie is home to the Minnesota Vikings. If this slant on fresh air, good living and football appeals to you, go here to find more information.

UPDATE: If you didn’t make it over to the Dorenkemper House for Saturday’s Sunbonnet Day, click play:

What a fun, sunny day to enjoy history and heritage.
This video made me want to hitch up the wagon
and head west!

Easy to wear prairie dresses allow plenty of room for play.

If you know of a special someone who would love to dress in a prairie dress and sunbonnet, here are some pleasing options that can be previewed by hovering your mouse over Child’s Prairie Dress & Pinafore Pattern.

A BIG, “Hello!” to Eden Prairie, Minnesota from


Minnesota is the North Star State.

State Capital is St. Paul

State Flower is the Pink & White Lady’s Slipper
State Tree is the Norway Pine
State Bird is the Common Loon
For books on Minnesota QUILTS click this link.
For information on Minnesota QUILT GUILDS click here.

For Tourist Information, call (800) 657-3700 or (800) 328-1461

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